Below you will find information on all aspects of the Business Externship Program. Click on the link that relates to your needs or scroll through the information to learn about the program in depth. If you have questions, contact Geralyn Heystek (email@example.com | (269) 387-2759).
- Becoming involved in the program
- Benefits of hosting an extern
- Program timeline
- Registration and planning
- Student application and selection process
- Matching process
- Preparation of externs
- Externship timeframe
How to become involved in the program
- Host a student at your place of work by serving as an externship coordinator and/or professional mentor
- Recommend an alum or friend of the college that might be interested in participating in the program
Difference between an externship coordinator and professional mentor
- The externship coordinator is the individual at your company that will arrange the externship, including all the pre-program logistics.
- The professional mentor is the individual(s) that the Haworth College of Business student will shadow. Students are matched with a professional mentor whose occupation closely matches a career the student would like to explore.
- The externship coordinator and professional mentor can be the same person or can be different people.
Benefits of hosting an extern
- Showcase the daily activities, challenges and requirements of your profession
- Demonstrate how your profession aligns with a specific business major
- Gain exposure for your organization by introducing students to company culture
- Identify potential student candidates before your competitors
- Develop your employees mentoring, coaching, and leadership skills
- Participate in a unique program that gives Haworth College of Business students a competitive advantage
|Monday, July 8||Employer registration opens|
|Friday, Dec. 6||Employer registration closes|
|Friday, Feb. 7||Go Live Day! Externship opportunities available for viewing|
|Tuesday, Feb. 11||Business Externship Program Showcase|
|Wednesday, Feb. 26||Student applications due by 5 p.m.|
|February 26 to March 21||Matching process occurs|
|Monday, March 24||Match Day! Students are notified of externhip match(es)|
|March 24 to 28||Enrollment period. Students accept their match(es), select professional development workshop date and complete their profile|
|Monday, April 7||Employer notification day. Employers are notified of their match(es)|
|March 31 to April 11||Pre-externship professional development workshops occur for externs|
|Wednesday, April 23||All externship date(s) must be scheduled|
|April 28 to May 16||3-week externship "Hot Spot"|
|September 2 to 19||Post-externship rofessional development workshops occur for externs|
|September or October||Celebration of the externship cycle occurs — employers and externs invited to a celebratory event on campus|
Registration and planning
All employers who wish to participate in the Business Externship Program must register online. It is best to complete the registration all at once. To review the registration in advance, download the 2014 registration.
Once you have registered, we recommend you begin planning for your externship. The externship planning guide includes sample agendas, activities and contact information for current employers who are willing to share their own experience.
Student application and selection process
- Pre-business students in the Haworth College of Business are eligible to participate. Generally the students are rising sophomores and juniors when they participate in the program.
- All externships will be released on Go Live Day! The externships will be compiled into a catalog that will be online on this website and on BroncoJOBS, and in print around the college.
- Students will have one month to research each opportunity and select up to five that are of interest.
- Students will complete an online application that closely correlates to the employer registration.
- As part of the application process, students will prepare a resume and application essay.
- Submission of an application does not guarantee a match.
Matching students with companies
- Matching is completed by the coordinators of the program.
- Students and mentors are matched based on three criteria: interest areas, career pathways and externships of interest.
- After a student receives their match, they have one week to enroll in the program. They may accept or decline their externship.
- If a student enrolls in the program, they will complete an extern profile.
- The extern profile and portions of the extern's application will be emailed to each mentor when the match is announced to employers.
Preparation of externs
To participate in the Business Externship Program, students must attend and participate in two professional development workshops.
Business Externship Program workshop No. 1: prepare for your externship
This workshop will prepare and provide students with all the necessary information needed to be successful at the externship site. Topics to be covered include:
- Preparing appropriate questions for conducting information interviews
- Company research
- Business communication, business etiquette and corporate culture
- Requirements after your externship (evaluation, thank you, etc.)
Additionally, students will receive and sign a series of documents, including:
- Learning contract
- Liability release and confidentiality agreement
Signatures on all documents are required to participate in the Business Externship Program.
Business Externship Program workshop No. 2: conclude your externship
This workshop will assist students with incorporating the externship into their career development and planning strategies. Topics that will be covered will include:
- How to incorporate your externship on your resume
- How to discuss your opportunity in an interview
- Feedback on overall program experience
Most externships will occur during the "Hot Spot," the period immediately following the conclusion of spring semester at Western Michigan University, which is usually the first three weeks in May. If necessary, professional mentors may select a date outside of the "Hot Spot."